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Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.

FALL 2011 OPEN HOUSE - BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange
September 10, 2011 - Brooklyn

Sample FREE dance, theater, and tumbling classes for ages 18 months to 18 years.

Meet the BAX faculty and staff, register for the Fall Trimester, enjoy refreshments, tour the facilities, and check out our fun, colorful Playspace for ages 1-4.

Note: classes not available on the sample schedule will be offered as trial classes the first week of the fall trimester (Sept 12-17). Arrangements must be made in advance.

For more information and sample class schedule, visit: http://bax.org/youth/open-house/.

AND REGISTER NOW for BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange's fall youth classes in dance, theater, tumbling and related courses.

For Fall class schedule, visit: http://bax.org/youth/classes/.

September 11 Commemorative Performance - Joyce Theater
Through September 11, 2011 -

The Joyce Theater Foundation will present two free performances on September 10 and 11 at 5pm in the Nelson A. Rockefeller Park to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. This special event will feature performances by the Limón Dance Company with Voices of Ascension; the Paul Taylor Dance Company with Orchestra of St. Luke's under the direction of conductor David LaMarche; A Song for You by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Matthew Rushing; a world premiere by Jessica Lang Dance created especially for this occasion (and featuring former Ailey dancers Clifton Brown and Jamar Roberts on alternating nights); Purcell's "Chaconne in G minor for strings" performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke's; musicians Yacouba Sissoko (playing the kora) and Sam Dickey (playing the ngoni lute); and more to be announced.

What Matters Now? Conversation Series: Deborah Willis and Melissa Harris - Aperture Foundation
September 12, 2011 -

As part of the Aperture Foundation’s What Matters Now? exhibition in progress, join us to hear Deborah Willis and Melissa Harris in conversation. The two will discuss the goals and challenges of curating this project, as well as give insight into their decision-making processes.

Photography Workshop - Historic Richmond Town
September 13, 2011 - Staten Island

Tuesday, September 13, 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Technical Aspects of Photography: An examination of cameras, lenses, and flash. Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 to 9:00 pm – The Art of Photography: Composition, lighting, and posting. Friday, September 16, 2 pm in the museum – An overview of Photography: Portrait shoots using natural light. These elementary photography seminars are appropriate for children ages 15 and up and for all adults. The emphasis of the seminars will be on digital photography, although traditional film techniques will be discussed. No cameras are needed to participate in the first two seminars although you are welcome to bring your camera, if you wish. In the third seminar (Portrait Photo Shoot), please bring a camera of your choosing if you wish to take your own photo of our model. Pre registration is required. Call 718-351- ext 236. Free for members, $10 per session for non members.

What Matters Now? Conversation Series: Wafaa Bilal and Fred Ritchin - Aperture Foundation
September 13, 2011 - New York

As part of the Aperture Foundation’s What Matters Now? exhibition in progress, join us to hear Fred Ritchin and Wafaa Bilal in conversation. The two will discuss the goals and challenges of curating this project, as well as give insight into their decision-making processes.

What Matters Now? Conversation Series: Stephen Mayes and Joel Meyerowitz - Aperture Foundation
September 14, 2011 - New York

As part of the Aperture Foundation’s What Matters Now? exhibition in progress, join us to hear Stephen Mayes and Joel Meyerowitz in conversation. The two will discuss the goals and challenges of curating this project, as well as give insight into their decision-making processes.

Swan Lake - New York City Ballet
Through September 15, 2011 -

Swan Lake, the last of the great 19th-century Russian ballets, is a work of emotional intensity, inventive choreography and glorious music, a lyrical and moving musical/psychological dance drama. Although Swan Lake was also the last of the famed Tschaikovsky-Petipa-Ivanov ballets, it was actually the composer's first ballet score.

Apollo - New York City Ballet
September 16, 2011 -

Balanchine regarded Apollo as his artistic coming of age. He said that through the creation of this work, he learned he could "dare not use all my ideas, that I too, could eliminate. . . to the one possibility that is inevitable." The ballet depicts Apollo, the young god of music, who is visited and instructed by three Muses, who were also children of Zeus and thus his half-sisters: Calliope, Muse of poetry, whose symbol is a tablet; Polyhymnia, Muse of mime, whose symbol is a mask that represents the power of gesture; and Terpsichore, Muse of dance and song, whose symbol is a lyre. Stravinsky, who possessed a strong interest in Greek mythology, conceived of and composed the score as a ballet. It was with this work, his second ballet set to the music of Stravinsky, that Balanchine, at age 24, achieved international recognition and began his lifelong partnership with the composer. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), born in Russia, is acknowledged as one of the great composers of the twentieth century. His work encompassed styles as diverse as Romanticism, Neoclassicism and Serialism. His ballets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes included The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, and Apollo. His music has been used in over thirty ballets originating with New York City Ballet from 1948 through 1987, including Danses Concertantes, Orpheus, The Cage, Agon, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Rubies, Symphony in Three Movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto for Two Solo Pianos, Suite from L'Histoire du Soldat, Concertino, and Jeu de Cartes.

Episodes - New York City Ballet
September 16, 2011 -

Episodes grew out of Balanchine's enthusiasm for Webern's music, to which he had been introduced by Stravinsky. Balanchine wrote that Webern's orchestral music... fills the air like molecules; it is written for atmosphere. The first time I heard it... the music seemed to me like Mozart and Stravinsky, music that can be danced to because it leaves the mind free to "see" the dancing. In listening to composers like Beethoven and Brahms, every listener has his own ideas, paints his own picture of what the music represents.... How can I, a choreographer, try to squeeze a dancing body into a picture that already exists in someone's mind? It simply won't work. But it will with Webern. Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein invited Martha Graham to choreograph a joint work with Balanchine using all of Webern's orchestral pieces. The result was no true collaboration but a work comprised of two separate sections. Graham's contribution, Episodes I, was danced by her company plus four dancers from New York City Ballet. Episodes II, created by Balanchine, was danced by New York City Ballet and Paul Taylor, who was then a dancer in Graham's company. After 1960, Graham's section and the solo variation were no longer performed at New York City Ballet. Anton von Webern (1883-1945), an Austrian, was part of the neoclassical movement in music. He was a musical scholar who adopted and extended Schoenberg's 12-tone method of composing music, which meant basing a composition on a "series" made up from the 12 notes of the chromatic scale arranged so that no note was repeated within the series. Webern became more and more rigorous in his attempt to compress or simplify his own style.

The Four Temperaments - New York City Ballet
September 16, 2011 -

Balanchine choreographed The Four Temperaments for the opening program of Ballet Society, the forerunner of New York City Ballet. It is one of his earliest experimental works, fusing classical steps with a lean and angular style. The ballet is inspired by the medieval belief that human beings are made up of four different humors that determine a person's temperament. Each temperament was associated with one of the four classical elements (earth, air, water, and fire), which in turn were the basis of the four humors (black bile, blood, phlegm, and bile) that composed the body. In a healthy body, the humors were in balance. But if one became predominant it determined an individual's temperament. Thus a person dominated by black bile was melancholic (gloomily pensive), by blood was sanguinic (headstrong and passionate), by phlegm was phlegmatic (unemotional and passive), and by bile was choleric (bad-tempered and angry). The titles of the ballet's four movements — "Melancholic," "Sanguinic," "Phlegmatic," and "Choleric" — reflect these principles.

Hindemith's music was commissioned by Balanchine, an accomplished pianist who wanted a short work he could play at home with friends during his evening musicales. It was completed in 1940 and had its first public performance at a 1944 concert with Lukas Foss as the pianist.

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), a key representative of the neo-classical school, is considered one of the greatest German composers of this century. He fled the Nazis (who banned his music) and was a professor of music at Yale from 1940-1953. A conductor, violinist, violist, pianist and theorist, he wrote several books on musical theory.

Making Moves - Jamaica Performing Arts Center
September 17, 2011 - Jamaica

The second annual Making Moves Dance Festival will introduce audiences to a diverse group of performers as we celebrate the ever evolving art form of dance. Join us for what promises to be a Dynamic, Captivating and Entertaining event.

MAIN STAGE 7 – 9 pm -

FREE Outdoor Performance 4 – 5 pm - *Rain – JPAC Theatre -

Vissi Dance Theatre presents “Queen” an original work commissioned by JPAC, a tribute to the music of the legendary Aretha Franklin. The versatile dancers of the Vissi Dance Theater, under the direction and choreography of Courtney Ffrench, will perform to original studio recordings as well as live recorded performances of Ms. Franklin. Music will be mastered and arranged by music arranger/producer/DJ Nyck Henry.

Swan Lake - New York City Ballet
September 17, 2011 -

Swan Lake, the last of the great 19th-century Russian ballets, is a work of emotional intensity, inventive choreography and glorious music, a lyrical and moving musical/psychological dance drama. Although Swan Lake was also the last of the famed Tschaikovsky-Petipa-Ivanov ballets, it was actually the composer's first ballet score.

What Matters Now? Exhibition - Aperture Foundation
Through September 24, 2011 - New York

The exhibition in progress What Matters Now? Proposals for a New Front Page will combine the crowd sourcing of images and ideas with the curatorial engagement of six visual image specialists. Over two weeks, blank walls will be filled with proposals for the contents of a 'New Front Page' in a post-9/11, globalized world.

Beginner Flamenco Singing Class-Fall Session - Flamenco Latino
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Flamenco Latino offers a new class in Cante (flamenco singing) for beginners. Most classes will be led by Alfonso Cid with a couple of sessions led by Basilio Georges and Aurora Reyes on the established material.

Fall Session runs September 8-December 19, 2011 on Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm at

Flamenco Latino Studio 250 W. 54th St., Suite 404 New York, NY 10019 212-399-8519

Cost: Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term, $17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27)

In this course, students will learn the basics of flamenco singing, emphasizing diaphragmatic breathing and voice placement or “impostatción.” The class will start building upon basic cante repertoire such as sevillanas, tangos,fandangos and rumbas. The class will also focus on flamenco rhythms and handclapping, flamenco scales and terminology so students can communicate in the traditional lingo with guitarists and flamenco dancers.

Lyrics and translations of the “letras” will be provided. The course is taught in English, and no previous knowledge of music or Spanish is required. It is ideal for people who want to deepen their understanding of flamenco music or for flamenco dancers who want to broaden their experience of this art form.

Please respond by email or call 212-399-8519 with questions or to reserve.

Flamenco Latino Fall Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - NY

Flamenco Latino offers a wide variety of classes each week in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.! Fall term: September 6- December 19, 2011.

Monday: Basic Beginner Flamenco with Aurora Reyes, Mon. 6-7 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco with Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm; Group Intermediate Cante Class with Alfonso Cid, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm.

Tuesday: Advanced Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl) with Aurora, Tues. 6-7:30 pm.

Wednesday: Beginner Sevillanas with Aurora, Wed. 6:30-8 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio Georges, Wed. 8:00-9:30 pm.

Thursday: Beginner Cante with Alfonso and Basilio, Thurs. 6:30-7:30 pm; Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9:30 pm.

Friday: Intermediate Group Guitar with Basilio, Fri. 12:15-1:15 pm.

Saturday: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco with Aurora, Sat. 3:00-4:00 pm; Basic Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio, Sat. 4:00-5:00 pm.

Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class); --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class); --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class); --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27).

Email flamlat@verizon.net or Call now with questions or to reserve! 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com


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